Discover 650 years of history at Alfriston Clergy House from its modest medieval beginning, built by a yeoman farmer, to its threat of demolition in the 1800s. Can you imagine the medieval family enjoying a meal in the hall?
The cottage garden features an orchard, vegetable garden and a delightful rose terrace.
The roses in the borders have been chosen for their perfume and are underplanted with campanulas, herbaceous geraniums and other cottage favourites.
Our timeline telling the 650-year-old story of the house
The chalk and sour milk floor in the hall
The oakleaf carving. Was this the inspiration for our emblem?
Our new thatch
Raising the roof
A rare form of thatch moss was found on the eastern hip of the roof and so renewing the thatching here was delayed for several years. Finally in January 2013 the job was completed.
Thanks to donations from National Trust associations, members and our own volunteers, the work was able to take place and lasted two weeks.
Master Thatcher Roger Evans worked through the rain, wind and snow to get the job done ready for all to admire as we opened for the new season.
Make the most of your visit
We're situated in the historic village of Alfriston. Nestling in the valley of the Cuckmere River on the South Downs Way, Alfriston is full of charm and it's a perfect place to shop and eat. (Not NT.) Find out more on the Alfriston village website.